I had problems with this book after a certain event happened. Again, I sided with Edward. I can see where he is coming from on stuff. Bella was starti...moreI had problems with this book after a certain event happened. Again, I sided with Edward. I can see where he is coming from on stuff. Bella was starting to annoy me. At the end, I was okay with everything and glad that I continued reading.
I've learned that it is very weird being a guy and reading these books. I'm getting into arguments with girls over how I see things. Girls only care about which guy is hotter. I see it as a guy trying to do everything he can to do what is best for the woman he loves. Women don't seem to get the depth of the love.(less)
I want to start off by saying that this review is coming at a very odd point in my life. A lot of stuff is going on my personal and professional life...more I want to start off by saying that this review is coming at a very odd point in my life. A lot of stuff is going on my personal and professional life. Professionally, I had the first review of my book come out. The reviewer said, “Much more than simply a story of adolescence, Gunthridge writes in a voice reminiscent of J.D. Salinger. His accounts cross the generation line. If you have ever loved, you will be touched by this work. He crosses the act of love with the past, present and future bringing forth unexpected emotional involvement with his words, ideas and philosophies. He reminds readers why we love in the first place, why we consider the meaning of life, and later, why we examine the meaning of our own existence.” In her blog, she wrote, “Look for him now because he is definitely going to be a force to reckon with in the future of literature. Yea, there is hope!!!” (http://jagtex.wordpress.com/2008/11/1...) I can’t help but to feel that the praise for my book comes from the current trend of literature with books like Twilight. I get the feeling that some people are looking for something more in literature than popularity. This is not knocking any popular series currently out. I am just getting the feeling that some critics are sensing the move in literature toward Hollywood blockbusters rather than writers creating great works of literature. Twilight may not be high art, but it is very good at what it does. In fact, it made me feel inferior as a writer. Most of what was written about my work can be said of Twilight. It crosses the generation line and touches anybody who has ever loved. With the love story between Edward and Bella, you see how the act of love crosses the past, present, and future. My favorite parts of this novel were the parts with Edward and Bella. The action towards the end was good, but I was hooked because of the relationship. Part of me held off from reading this book. All of the girls I know were wild about it. They kept talking about it. And I have to say that as a man, I have to recommend this book to guys. Here is my reasoning for this, and this gets into what has been going on in my life personally. I am known for being single. It’s not that I want to be alone. I just haven’t found anybody that I want to be in a relationship with. I haven’t found anybody that has ever affected me the way that Bella affected Edward. But I also believe that a love like this is possible. I found myself relating to the character of Edward. I could see where he was coming from in terms of the relationship. This book made me long to be in a relationship. There are various definitions of what great art is. This may not be an artistic masterpiece of literature, but makes you feel like you are in love for the first time. That experience is hard to capture, but it is always worth trying. If there has been a spring in my step lately, it is because of this book. It has made me believe in love. In a way, Edward and Bella’s story has rubbed off on me. While I am alone in this world, their story has given me the warmth of love that we all crave, regardless of whether we are male, female, human, or vampire. I don’t consider this a small feat. That’s why I gave it the stars that I did. (less)